How to Apply
It normally takes between 7-10 business days for you to receive your passport, but in some cases can take longer. The U.S. Embassy/Consulates General cannot be held responsible for extra costs if delivery is delayed. We strongly urge you not to purchase tickets until you have received your visa and passport in the mail. There is no visa pick-up service available.
Please follow the instructions below to apply for a Non Immigrant Visa. These instructions apply to all applicants in Germany, regardless of nationality.
1. Who Needs a Visa? | 2. Have your Photo Taken | 3. Complete the Application Form | 4. Make an Appointment | 5. Pay the Application Fee | 6. Gather Supporting Documents | 7. Submit your Application on the Application Day | 8. Receive your Passport in the Mail
|Step 1:||Who needs a Visa?|
|Anyone who does not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, will be working, will be studying in the U.S., holds a "Kinderreissepass" or matches the criteria listed here is required to have a valid visa in order to travel to the U.S.|
|Step 2:||Have your Photo taken|
|Everyone is required to upload a digital photo into the DS-160 application form; the image must meet our Photo Requirements.|
|Step 3:||Complete the Application Forms|
|Various forms are required for each applicant. Read here to find out which forms you need to complete for your appointment day. All applicants must fill out the DS-160 form.|
|Step 4:||Make an Appointment|
|Our appointments are all made online or over the telephone. Please follow the instructions here on how to make an appointment. There is no walk-in visa service. View the current appointment wait times.|
|Step 5:||Pay the Application Fee|
|Proof of payment from our online payment service (Roskos & Meier OHG) is required when you come on your appointment day.
Emergency Appointment Only: If you are scheduled for an emergency appointment, you will receive separate instructions on how to pay the visa application fee.
|Step 6:||Gather Supporting Documentation|
|Depending on the type of visa that you are applying for, certain supportive documentation is required.
Non-Immigrant Visa Checklist (pdf)
|Step 7:||Submit your application on your appointment day|
|What you can expect when you arrive for your Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment.|
|Step 8:||Receive your passport and visa by mail|
|It normally takes between 7-10 business days for you to receive your passport, but in some cases can take longer.
There is no visa pick-up service available.
New and Noteworthy
- The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General will be closed on May 27. The U.S. Consulates General Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf will also be closed on May 30 (German and American Holidays)
■ May 29, 2013: U.S. Consulate General @ "Auslandsstudienmesse" in Bonn (May 22, 2013)
■ No More Paper Form I-94 - New Arrival/Departure-Record Process for Foreign Visitors (April 29, 2013)
■ Au Pair Visa Scam (April 12, 2013)
Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act
If you are coming to the United States to work or study, we are confident that you will have a pleasant and rewarding stay. If you should encounter any problems, however, know that you have rights and can get help. For more information, read our Rights, Protections and Resources Pamphlet.